U.S. defense chief in Iraq for talks on war against IS

Jul 23, 2015

U.S. defense chief in Iraq for talks on war against IS

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter flew to Baghdad on Thursday for talks on Iraq’s war against the Islamic State group, whose “caliphate” is shrinking but is ramping up deadly car bombings. Carter was to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Sunni Arab tribal leaders from ...

Syrian Islamists, courting West, say they will protect minorities

Jul 22, 2015

Syrian Islamists, courting West, say they will protect minorities

A conservative Islamist rebel group said on Tuesday it would protect Syria’s minorities, pressing a campaign in Western media to address concerns about one of the most powerful insurgent forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad. Ahrar al-Sham is an ultra orthodox Salafist group and part ...

Spanish journalist trio missing in Aleppo

Jul 22, 2015

Spanish journalist trio missing in Aleppo

Three Spanish freelance journalists who traveled to Syria to report amid the country’s long-running civil war have gone missing around the embattled northern city of Aleppo, a Spanish journalism association said Tuesday, the latest ensnared in the world’s most dangerous assignment for reporters. The ...